Well, good morning, everyone.
It is indeed great to be back here for another Shangri-La Dialogue.
Let me thank John and everyone at IISS for their efforts to deepen our dialogue on the Indo-Pacific. You know, this is my third time speaking in Singapore at an IISS event. And so this is starting to be—it’s becoming a habit there, John.
I also want to thank our national host, Singapore, for your tremendous hospitality.
And it’s great to see Senior Minister Teo, and Minister Ng, and other distinguished guests from our host here today.
And I’m glad that we’re joined by so many defense ministers and leaders from around the Indo-Pacific and around the world.
One minister of defense made a special effort to be here today: my good friend Oleksii Reznikov of Ukraine. Oleksii’s seat is currently empty. I’m sure he’s working the room somewhere around here, but Oleskii, if you can hear me, I’d remind you that, I’d just tell you that your presence here reminds us that we can never take our peace and security for granted.
I’m also delighted to be here with Director Haines and many of our U.S. military leaders.
So thanks to everyone for being here today.
This dialogue is always a great opportunity to exchange views. And the only thing more wide-ranging than the conference agenda is the breakfast buffet.
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